Last week, I didn’t hide my disappointment in the Washington Mystics’ lack of appearances on the national television schedule. But I also felt an update could be on the horizon.
That update came Monday afternoon, as ESPN released an expanded list of WNBA games on their networks. You can now see Emma Meesseman, Ariel Atkins, Aerial Powers AND MYISHA HINES-ALLEN (!!!) six total times. Here are all the dates.
- July 30 at 6 p.m. ET vs. Seattle Storm, ESPN
- Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. ET vs. New York Liberty, ESPN2
- Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. ET vs. Los Angeles Sparks, ESPN2
- Aug. 15 at 12 p.m. ET vs. Las Vegas Aces, ESPN
- Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. ET vs. Atlanta Dream, ESPN2
- Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. ET vs. Minnesota Lynx, ESPN2
The Seattle Storm still have 10 remaining games on ESPN’s networks, while the Las Vegas Aces have nine more. The Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury have seven more games each. Given that these other teams have more “brand name” star power than Washington, that was to be expected. But at least the defending champions will have their fair share.
If there is one team that I feel got “screwed,” it’s the Connecticut Sun, the league runners up to Washington in last year’s finals. They only have three more games on ESPN’s networks AND ESPN is headquartered in Connecticut! Yikes! Even the Indiana Fever have FIVE remaining games!